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Foot Care
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Foot/Hoof Care is an often overlooked aspect of goat keeping. Consider your own feet and the pain you may feel from even the slightest discomfort. The same applies to a goat. Properly caring for the feet of a goat include such areas as hoof trimming and preventing foot rot. Foot care also depends largely upon proper nutrition; the correct minerals keep the feet growing evenly and the right amount of copper plays a vital role in the risk of foot rot or foot scald. Fast growing feet often are a sign of too much protein in the diet and can bring on an attack of laminitis. Ideally, feet, hooves and dewclaws should be checked at least every 6 to 10 weeks depending upon the type of ground the goat is raised on. Allowing goat hooves to grow unchecked can ultimately lead to bad pasterns and the inability to walk correctly. As trimming hooves and dewclaws is an important part of goat care, I will be adding more articles specifically about the subject as I develop this article section. Recommendations welcome.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.


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